Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GENCO and Hershey Receive LQ’s 2015 Best 3PL Sustainability Winner’s Award

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2015 – GENCO, a leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, and its customer, The Hershey Company, are the Winners of the prestigious Logistics Quarterly (LQ) 2015 Third Party Logistics (3PL) Sustainability Study Award. This annual awards program recognizes third-party logistics providers that work closely with their customers to demonstrate leadership and innovation in sustainable supply chain practices.

GENCO and Hershey were recognized for implementing innovative, sustainable practices that have resulted in improved service, environmental performance, and cost effectiveness in Hershey’s, as well as other GENCO customers’ supply chain operations.

The LQ 3PL Sustainability Award Evaluation Committee selected GENCO as the Best 2015 3PL Performer in Sustainability Winner, representing the finest of the three finalists. GENCO will be presenting at LQ’s Symposium in Toronto, Canada, on November 5. In addition to collaboration, LQ’s Evaluation Committee considered each 3PL finalist’s strategic vision in this area, as well as their performance in economic, environmental and societal areas of sustainability.

The three finalists were selected by LQ’s Executive Editors, Dave Closs, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, and Professor, Michigan State University; and Thomas Goldsby, PhD, The Ohio State University, based on applications submitted earlier this year by 3PLs and their clients documenting their best practices together.

At LQ’s November 5th Symposium, which was held at the University Club of Toronto, it was noted that this year LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program had some 178 unique entries from leading logisticians from across North America, by LQ’s Executive Editor, Dr. Thomas Goldsby, Professor of Logistics, The Ohio State University.

LQ’s team also expressed its appreciation to leading Canadian and American organizations for
their contribution to the success of this year’s program, including: The Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT); The Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA); The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM); The National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC); The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA); The Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA); Women In Trucking

About LQ’s SC Study and Awards Program

This year LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program introduced a data-driven benchmarking approach to help companies reduce costs, enhance performance, and reduce waste, through the study’s introduction of a new supply chain maturity matrix. This year LQ’s Study and Awards Program contained two sections; a newly introduced Supply Chain Benchmarking Study included in the First Section of LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study, as well as the traditional Second Section that is comprised of case-study oriented questions. Participants were required to complete both sections to be candidates for placement in LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Symposium (2015). For more information, please visit: www.LogisticsQuarterly.com


GENCO, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), is a leading supply chain solution provider specializing in product lifecycle logistics® for technology, retail, consumer and industrial goods, and healthcare industries. Operating more than 38 million square feet throughout North America, GENCO provides a comprehensive range of integrated logistics services to enable growth, minimize cost, mitigate supply chain risk, and improve customer service. Services include inbound logistics, warehousing and distribution, fulfillment, contract packaging and product configuration, systems integration, returns processing and disposition, test, repair, refurbishment, product liquidation, and managed transportation.  Visit genco.com for more information.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Regression: Stifel Logistics Confidence Index sees a Negative Market Outlook Worsen

November 20th, 2015  London, UK: For the sixth month in succession, the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index declined. This trend resulted in the November Index score falling to the lowest registered for three years. The monthly decline registered in air freight was more moderate than that witnessed in sea freight; the former was down by 0.4 points to 48.9, whilst the latter dropped 2.8 points, amounting to 46.1. The continuation of negative macroeconomic trends at the global level, principally emanating from China, represent the principal cause of this. Chinese retail sales were up by 11% year on year in October, but the country saw exports fall by 6.9% over the same timeframe in value terms, whilst the import decline was even worse at 18.8%.
The six month outlook for both air and sea freight fell at the same rate as the present situation, declining 1.6 points from October to total 50.2. When compared to the figures measured in previous years though, it is significantly lower; the Logistics Expectations Index is down 12.4 points against November 2014, and 11.6 points against November 2013. The source of the decline is clear when expected performance is broken down. Sea freight fell by 2.7 points to 48.1 in November, whilst air freight fell by only 0.4 points to 52.3, remaining above the 50 point mark. The reason for this is the systemic overcapacity that has come to characterize container shipping, which is driving carriers to consider desperate measures in order to survive. A stark reminder of how damaging the situation has become was Maersk’s decision to lay-up one of its 18,000 TEU Triple-E class vessels in what Drewry has described as a “wake up call” for the industry.

Last month, the Europe to US lane represented the sole bright spark within the Index, and this has continued, at least with regards to the present situation. The Europe to US sea freight trade lane grew by 3.8 point month-on-month, which brought it to 55.8. The air freight Index also recorded growth on this lane, albeit at 0.1 points to 56.4. Nonetheless, in each case the Europe to US lane remains the only one in the present Index which stands above the 50 point mark. One potential reason for the performance of this trade lane is that the strength of the US dollar against the Euro has promoted transatlantic exports.

Air freight

The total air freight logistics confidence Index decreased 0.3 points from October to 48.9 in November 2015. Compared with November 2014, the Index is 8.1 points worse, while it is also 7.4 points lower than November 2013. In terms of the present situation, the air freight Index fell by 0.3 points to 45.4. Only one lane noted a gain this month, Europe to US, which was up by 0.1 points to 56.4. US to Europe remained unchanged from October at 46.1, whilst Asia to Europe and Europe to Asia both fell, the first by 0.2 points to 42.4, and the second by 1.1 points to 37.9.
For the six month outlook, the expected situation Index for total air freight also decreased slightly, by 0.4 points to 52.3.  Trade lane performance was split. US to Europe and Asia to Europe both saw gains, up 1.7 points to 50.7 and 1.0 points to 52.4, respectively. By contrast, Europe to Asia and Europe to US were both down, by 2.2 points to 47.5 and 2.1 points to 58.8, in turn.

Sea Freight

For sea freight, the logistics confidence Index fell 2.8 points to 46.1. Compared with the same month in 2014, the Index is 15.0 points lower, and it is also 11.8 points lower than in November 2013.
For the present situation, the Index fell 2.9 points to 44.0. All lanes noted declines in November, with the exception of Europe to US, which again rose by 3.8 points to 55.8 for the month. Asia to Europe and Europe to Asia both fell by 6.0 points, standing at 41.1 and 37.6, respectively. US to Europe fell by 2.8 points to 43.0.
The expected situation Index for sea freight decreased 2.7 points to 48.1. Unlike the present situation Index, all lanes saw declines here. The most significant of these was recorded in Europe to Asia, which fell by 4.8 to 45.0. Next was Asia to Europe, which dropped 3.1 points to 47.1, followed by US to Europe, which was down 2.1 points to 44.8. Europe to US saw a slight decrease, of 0.6 points, and stood at 56.1 for the month.

One-Off Question

Each month, respondents to the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey are asked a unique, one-off question. The November one-off question was based around the prospects for volumes during this year’s peak volume season, asking respondents what they expect to see happen given that China’s economy has been stumbling and global trade volumes have been subdued. The largest response group, with 36.4% of the total, believed volumes would be ok, but that this year’s peak will not be as pronounced as in previous years. The second largest group, consisting of 33.3% of the respondents, anticipate a low peak at best. The last two respondent groups each represented 15.2% of the total sample, with one set arguing that it is too early to tell if there will be a meaningful peak, and the other expecting a normal peak season with healthy volumes.

Take this month’s survey and click here.

UPS Announces Results from Pain in the Chain Healthcare Study

November 20, 2015, Atlanta - Today UPS released data from its 2015 Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey of global healthcare executives on their top supply chain and business issues, strategies and opportunities. This year, UPS also conducted qualitative interviews of healthcare executives in North America to gain further insights into trends, challenges and opportunities impacting healthcare logistics. Among the findings:

• Healthcare companies have made significant strides in just one year to address some top supply chain pain points:
• 75% of respondents report success addressing product security vs. 55% in 2014
• 70% of respondents report success in addressing regulatory compliance vs. 57% in 2014
• Issues remain in the healthcare supply chain:
• Only 50% of respondents report success addressing supply chain cost management; the top challenge to managing costs is rapid business growth, cited by 56%
• Physical protection from theft (46%) and poor supply chain visibility and too many supply chain hand-offs (40%) are the biggest product security challenges
• Contingency planning is not prioritized by healthcare executives
• Partnerships are the top successful strategy healthcare companies are using to address regulatory compliance, product damage and spoilage and cost management

Here is a link to the Survey Snapshot of findings for your review.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TQL Creating Jobs

Newburgh, IN. November 17, 2015 – Total Quality Logistics announced today it will open a new sales office in Newburgh, IN., which is located just outside the Evansville city limits. The office is slated to open at the beginning of next year with a team of approximately a half dozen employees. The company anticipates the office will add 50 to 75 additional sales employees over the next three years.

“Today more Hoosiers are going to work than at any time in our state’s history because of companies like TQL that are committed to creating new jobs here in Indiana,” said Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “As a state, we are working tirelessly to create a business-friendly environment by balancing our budget, cutting costs, investing in our workforce and advancing quality of place in our regions in order to support the lives of Hoosiers and the growth of Indiana businesses like TQL across the state.”

TQL connects customers needing to move truckload freight with quality carriers who have the capacity to move it. The company specializes in arranging full-truckload freight movements.

“We are proud to be part of the community of Evansville and to help bring quality jobs to the area,” said TQL president Kerry Byrne.

This is the company’s second sales office in the state of Indiana. TQL also employs nearly 140 people at its office in Indianapolis, which opened in 2011. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce named TQL a 2015 Best Places to Work in Indiana.

The new office will be located at 5199 Rosebud Ln., Newburgh, IN 47630.

Purolator Announcement


Jericho, NY, November 17, 2015 - Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Purolator International will create 40 new full-time jobs in its new Nassau County headquarters, which officially opened today. The shipping company renovated and outfitted a 21,000-square-foot facility in Jericho, to consolidate and expand its operations on Long Island.

“Purolator International’s shipping capabilities provide Long Island companies access to markets throughout the world,” said Howard Zemsky, ESD President, CEO & Commissioner. “Purolator’s expansion here highlights the success of programs like Global New York, which helps New York businesses expand to new markets outside the U.S.”

“Our new headquarters will allow us to better respond to the increased demand for international shipping as more U.S. based companies compete in the global marketplace,” said John Costanzo, President, Purolator International.  “Our thanks go to ESD for their support, as well as all our customers, partners and employees who each have contributed to our success.  We’re proud to remain on Long Island, and look forward to many more years of positive growth.”

Purolator International is the United States-based subsidiary of Purolator Inc. and the leading provider of cross-border logistics between the U.S. and Canada. Purolator International has been headquartered on Long Island for nearly 20 years, and employs about 100 people on Long Island. Purolator International has grown by more than 40 percent over the past four years and has opened branch offices in 30 key U.S. markets, with nearly 300 employees nationwide. The new facility comes in response to this growth and will allow the company to further expand its services to new markets in the coming years, including Mexico, the United Kingdom, and China.

To encourage Purolator International to expand in New York State, Empire State Development will provide the company with up to $600,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. Purolator will hire at least 40 new employees, retain existing employees, and maintain those staffing levels through 2025.

About Purolator International

Purolator International is a subsidiary of Purolator Inc., Canada’s largest integrated freight, parcel and logistics solutions provider. Purolator International specializes in the air and surface forwarding of Express, Freight and Parcel shipments, customs brokerage, and fulfillment and delivery services to, from and within Canada. Purolator International has received numerous industry awards for its superior service and innovative solutions, including the 2015 and 2014 “100 Great Supply Chain Projects” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine, the 2015, 2014 and 2013 “Top 100 Great Supply Chain Partners” list by Supply Chain Brain magazine, and Logistics Management’s  2012 Quest for Quality Award.

In addition to facilities throughout New York, Purolator International has locations in key U.S. markets including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Saint Louis.

About Empire State Development:
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand.

UPS Receives Perfect Score from Carbon Disclosure Project for Second Consecutive Year

ATLANTA, November 17, 2015 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) secured a top ranking on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) S&P disclosure leadership index for the fifth consecutive year for its commitment to transparency, its corporate governance regarding climate change and the manner in which it tracks and discloses its impact on the environment.
      UPS received a perfect score of 100 from the CDP for the second straight year. The CDP, which annually surveys the carbon disclosure practices of companies on Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index in North America, has included UPS on its "Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index" (CDLI) of the Top 50 S&P 500 companies for the last six years.
      “We are proud to be recognized for our efforts to address climate change,” said Rhonda Clark, chief sustainability officer at UPS and vice president of environmental affairs. “UPS will continue to seek out new ways to reduce our environmental impact, and help transform transportation and the communities we serve globally.”
      One of UPS’s top sustainability goals is to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation relative to its shipping volume. Earlier this year UPS joined the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge, committing to a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2020. And, UPS has already achieved more than half of its goal to have its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet drive 1 billion miles by the end of 2017.
      “As the world looks beyond the Paris climate change negotiations and prepares for a low carbon future, reliable information about how companies are responding to the transition will be ever more valuable. For this reason we congratulate those businesses that have achieved a position on CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index,” said Paul Dickinson, executive chairman and co-founder of CDP.
      UPS has long sought ways to reduce its environmental impact and operate more efficiently. In 2003, it became a charter partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program; in 2009 it became the first small package carrier in the United States to offer carbon offsets to customers; and in 2011 it became a “Clean Fleets” partner with the U.S. Department of Energy.
      UPS has been honored with several other sustainability distinctions this year, including:
*         Recognized as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute for the ninth consecutive year
*         Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the third consecutive year
*         Chosen by CR Magazine as one of “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for the sixth consecutive year
For more information on UPS’s sustainability initiatives, please visit www.ups.com/sustainability.
About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world.  Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PrimeRevenue Selected Top Provider at Supply Chain Finance Community Forum

Dutch Government Initiative to Benefit Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

ATLANTA, GA, November 10, 2015 - PrimeRevenue, Inc., the global leader in working capital finance solutions, announces the Company has been named one of the top providers by the Supply Chain Finance Community.  More than 30 vendors and banks were invited to participate in an interactive and comparative solicitation and proposal process.

As part of this project, PrimeRevenue submitted details on its leading solution and supply chain finance platform to support the Dutch government’s efforts for the Betaal Me Nu (Pay Me Now) initiative.

The Dutch Betaal Me Nu initiative was introduced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp in December 2014.  The initiative involves a joint commitment by corporates and supply chain finance providers to work together to provide attractive financing solutions for Dutch suppliers.

A recent survey shows that on average two-fifths of the total value (domestic and foreign) of B2B invoices remain outstanding past due date in the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has noted the role of supply chain finance as a compelling solution to improve the economy by injecting liquidity into the market place.  A statement issued by the Dutch government highlights the goal to generate €2.5 billion in extra liquidity for Dutch small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and strengthen the supply chain.

PrimeRevenue was recognized as one of the top providers:

• Experience in the Netherlands - PrimeRevenue, who processes $120 billion in invoices annually for its 20,000 worldwide customers has been focusing on the Netherlands for over a decade helping leading Dutch corporates and their suppliers optimize their financial supply chains.
• Strategic support of government initiatives - PrimeRevenue has been supporting governments and early payment programs for suppliers in the US and the UK since 2012.
• Helping SME suppliers spur growth - PrimeRevenue’s supply chain finance platform provides financing for thousands of SME suppliers playing an instrumental role in supporting business growth. PrimeRevenue also supports corporates with existing supply chain finance programs to enlarge the scope of financing to smaller suppliers.
• Unique multi-funding capabilities -With over 50 funders, including the world’s largest commercial banks, PrimeRevenue provides the widest choice of financing. Corporates can also use their own cash to finance their suppliers with a Dynamic Discounting program.
• Implementation and onboarding - PrimeRevenue leverages a unique onboarding platform, which can be customized for every client and available in multiple languages, including Dutch.

“We have been supporting suppliers with early payment terms in the Netherlands for many years,” said Oliver Belin, Vice President Receivables Finance, PrimeRevenue. “We see tremendous growth for our supply chain finance solution, which is testimony of our extensive experience, client base and number of funding partners in the Netherlands.”

About PrimeRevenue, Inc.

PrimeRevenue processes more than $120 billion in transactions for more than more than 20,000 clients in over 70 countries. The company operates the largest supplier financing programs around the globe. Headquartered in Atlanta, with offices around the world, PrimeRevenue offers financing through its OpenSCi product suite, providing control and flexibility for organizations to optimize working capital, improve margin, reduce costs, and lower risks throughout the financial supply chain. Visit http://www.primerevenue.com

China’s shopping extravaganza – DB Schenker Logistics and the world’s largest online shopping day

Singles’ Day on November 11 generates billions in sales - DB subsidiary handles entire logistics for US fashion house - Headcount increases more than sixfold

(Essen/Shanghai, 10 November 2015) - Chinese bargain hunters have the date marked in red in their diaries: On Singles‘ Day, 11.11.2015, prices are cut drastically and discounts of between 50 and 70 percent encourage millions to click and close an online deals. Traders expect sales to run into billions. The Chinese version of Valentine’s Day has meanwhile blossomed into the world’s largest online shopping day – and a day which confronts DB Schenker Logistics with immense challenges.

The Deutsche Bahn subsidiary in Shanghai is the sole provider of logistics services for various international brand names from the worlds of fashion, luxury goods and jewelry. The largest customer is a US fashion house. “Instead of the usual staff of 200, a good 1,300 employees are on duty on Singles’ Day and over the following days, working round the clock to process the high number of purchases. This compares with a headcount of just 700 in November 2014”, says Torben Kock, Vice President Global Retail at DB Schenker Logistics.

The critical preparatory phase of organizing additional packing stations and pick-up points for the trucks goes on for two months. “This year, we expect almost 1.5 billion orders, which have to be processed within seven days”, says Kock. Online customers start clicking before daybreak and by seven in the morning, hundreds of thousands of orders have already been placed.

The orders are placed via Tmall, an internet platform that belongs to China’s internet giant Alibaba. Last year, Alibaba reported total orders worth an equivalent of 7.4 billion euros. Based on the findings of internet surveys, the pundits forecast new record figures in 2015.

DB Schenker Logistics has been active in China for decades and has a dense network of locations in all the key economic regions. In China, the network meanwhile covers 150 locations in 60 different cities and also includes 85 logistics centers with a total storage area of around 940,000 square meters. More than 5,000 DB Schenker employees in China work day in, day out to deliver comprehensive logistics solutions for customers the world over.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CITT elects Ginnie Venslovaitis, CCLP, as Incoming Chair of the Board of Directors

Toronto, Ontario, November 4, 2015 – During Canadian Institute for Traffic and Transportation's (CITT) AGM on October 26th at Canada Logistics Conference 2015, Ginnie Venslovaitis, CCLP, was elected as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. She replaces outgoing Chair, Robert Ramsay, CCLP, who served as chair for the 2013-2015 term.

“I’ve very pleased to have been elected as the new CITT Chair of the Board for 2015-2016” said Mrs. Venslovaitis in her first remarks as new Chair. “Robert’s guidance and commitment, along with that of the entire Board of Directors has helped CITT accomplish great things which will continue to build the reputation of professional excellence for CITT and CITT-Certified Logistics Professionals.”

“I think I speak for everyone on the new board when I say we’re very excited about the new offerings and products, such as webinars that we’re making available to everyone in the supply chain logistics sector. And, of course, we continue to add value, support, and industry-wide promotion for those who hold the CCLP designation and the students working towards it.”

Seeking to gain more complete knowledge of the transportation industry in Canada, Ginnie Venslovaitis, CCLP, began working towards her designation from CITT at the recommendation of a supervisor. She earned her designation in 1998 and has been active with CITT since, having served on the Board of Directors in various capacities since 2009. Also joining her on CITT’s Board of Directors are:

• Perry Lo, CCLP
• Valerie McSween, CCLP
• Dallas R. Beal, CCLP
• Shannon P. Blanchard, CCLP
• Tim Buchinski, CCLP
• Donald A. Connolly, CCLP
• James S. McKay, CCLP
• Jacquie Meyers, CCLP
• Melissa D. Mulchay, CCLP
• Daniel Smedo, CCLP
• George C. Tannahill, CCLP

CITT is one of the industry's most valued and respected source of logistics courses, professional certification and expertise in Canada. CITT’s programs promote professional excellence and career path development for anyone who buys, sells or manages the flow of goods and product, or is impacted by supply chain logistics.

CITT’s professional development offerings include:
• Industry’s top-rated annual Canada Logistics Conference – www.citt.ca/conference
• Professional certification in logistics (the CCLP designation) – www.citt.ca/cclp
• Specialized logistics and business management courses – www.citt.ca/courses

An expert-level technical and business education and the CCLP designation from CITT are all affordable, accessible, and have the best ROI in the business. Visit the CITT website at www.citt.ca for more information.

Manitoulin Transport Opens New Transportation Terminal in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- November 3, 2015 -- Manitoulin Transport announced today that it has opened a newly built transportation terminal located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, adjacent to its former terminal which is now closed. The new terminal supports Manitoulin Transport's current and projected growth in Western Canada as it continues to extend and enhance its services and coverage in that region and beyond.

"This larger facility increases our ability to provide reliable freight services and enables us to handle the higher volume we're seeing and will continue to see," said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport. "Customer satisfaction is a top priority at Manitoulin and this terminal will help ensure customer shipments are handled in a safe and organized manner with greater speed and accuracy. Manitoba customers can now consider Winnipeg a true gateway for shipments to anywhere in the province, across North America and around the world."

To ensure that shipments are well guarded, Manitoulin has fortified its premises with advanced security measures including perimeter fencing, controlled entry and exit and 24-hour surveillance cameras on the dock and yard. In keeping with Manitoulin's commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, the new terminal will be equipped with all-electric forklifts.

"Winnipeg is a hub of commerce in the province and we're excited to grow our business there by helping our customers to grow theirs," said Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies. "We do this by giving customers a competitive edge through our reliable national and global coverage, aggressive transit times, advanced technology, and easy access to an impressive array of transportation and supply chain services which meet every conceivable need." Personnel based at Manitoulin's previous Winnipeg terminal have transferred to the new site.

About Manitoulin Transport
Manitoulin Transport is a leading North American transportation and logistics solutions provider.  As a single-source carrier, it offers a wide array of transportation solutions, including; expedited less-than-truckload and truckload, transborder, intermodal, private fleet, guaranteed service, heavy haul, temperature-controlled, dangerous goods and supply chain management.  Manitoulin leverages its extensive network to service major urban and rural areas. In North America, its distribution coverage consists of more than 70 Canadian terminals and 250 U.S. service centres. All these solutions are assisted by its state-of-the-art technology that provides customers with 24 x 7 critical shipping information to manage and complete their supply chain processes. For more information, visit www.manitoulintransport.com.

About Manitoulin Group of Companies
Manitoulin Group of Companies is one of Canada’s leading transportation and logistics solutions providers.  It has over 50 years’ experience servicing a variety of industries and some of the world’s largest organizations.  As a single-source provider, its offerings include; ground transportation (expedited less-than-truckload / truckload), international freight forwarding, crating, customs brokerage, global time critical delivery, heavy haul, logistics, residential and commercial moving, warehousing and supply chain management. These services are supported by state-of-the-art technology which provides 24 x 7 on-line shipping assistance.  Manitoulin leverages its extensive network to connect businesses across Canada and around the world.  For more information, please visit: www.manitoulingroup.com

Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 Women In Trucking 'Distinguished Woman in Logistics' Award

Co-Sponsored by TMW Systems and Truckstop.com, Annual Award Recognizes Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Logistics Field in North America

Plover, WI - Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Women In Trucking "Distinguished Woman in Logistics" award (DWLA), which celebrates the achievements and leadership of outstanding individuals involved in the practice of logistics in North America. Co-sponsored by TMW Systems and Truckstop.com, the 2016 award program is open for nominations by any individual or organization familiar with the nominee's work in the logistics field. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015.

Established to highlight the vital roles of leading women in one of the transportation industry's fastest growing areas, the inaugural DWLA program in 2014-15 attracted dozens of nominations of high-performing women representing warehousing, traffic and shipping, third-party logistics, supply chain management, and related functional disciplines. Recipient of the inaugural award was Kristy Knichel, President, Knichel Logistics.

"The tremendous popularity of this award program demonstrates that women are playing increasingly vital roles in one of the transportation industry's most challenging and exciting disciplines," said Ellen Voie, CAE, President and CEO, Women In Trucking, Inc. "Our nominees are true role models, not only within their own organizations but for women at every level of the transportation industry."

Members of the judging panel for the 2016 award are: Adrian Gonzalez, President, Adelante SCM; Kate Miller, President, Blue Edge Marketing Ltd.; Diane A. Mollenkopf, Ph.D., McCormick associate professor of logistics and director, Ph.D. program in supply chain management, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Fred Moody, Editor and Publisher, Logistics Quarterly; and Ellen Voie.

To nominate an individual for the award, simply download, complete and submit the electronic nomination form at www.womenintrucking.org. For additional information regarding the nomination process, send an email to lana@womenintrucking.org or call (920) 737-9490.

About Women In Trucking
Women In Trucking Association, Inc. (WIT) is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 16 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks NA, GE Capital Transportation Finance, Great Dane Trailers, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder Systems, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

About TMW Systems
TMW is a leading transportation software provider to brokerage and 3PL organizations, commercial and private fleets. Founded in 1983, TMW has focused on providing enterprise software to the transportation industry, including asset-based and non-asset-based operations as well as heavy-duty vehicle service centers. With offices in Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Vancouver, the company serves over 2,000 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex transportation service companies in North America. TMW is a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB) and part of the international Transportation and Logistics Division.

About Truckstop.com
Truckstop.com is the largest freight-matching ecosystem in the transportation industry, featuring more than 73 million loads annually. Founded as the Web's first load board, Truckstop.com now offers a variety of technology solutions throughout the supply chain and is recognized as the leading resource for transportation data and trends, including the weekly Trans4Cast and Market Demand Index (MDI). In addition, Truckstop.com's Assurance Division is the largest credit monitoring and reporting entity in the industry, providing critical data to key decision-makers. Truckstop.com is committed to raising the bar by providing unmatched quality and excellent customer support.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Announcing a New Venue for LQ's November 5th Symposium - the University Club of Toronto

The University Club of Toronto,
the new Venue for LQ's November 5th
Executive Exchange
Toronto, ON, October 23, 2015 - LQ's November 5th Conference will be held at the prestigious University Club of Toronto, which is next door to Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI), following news from RCMI on October 20th about the closure of its Main Dining Room and other building areas until January 1, 2016, due to water damage.
The University Club of Toronto is located at:
380 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R6
Tel: 416-597-1336
Please click here for information on Parking at the University of Toronto Club.
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Delegates are encouraged to register today as seating is limited. Click here to register,  and to learn more about LQ's Symposium please visit www.LQsummit.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Announcement: TSI Group in Canada Implements Invenias

Cloud-based platform aligned with TSI methodology and approach to executive search

20 October 2015, Toronto - Invenias, a leading cloud-based platform for executive and strategic hiring, has announced today that boutique executive search firm TSI Group has deployed its platform in a strategic move to enhance its business processes and the experience it delivers to both clients and candidates. TSI Group, which has offices in Canada and North America, wanted a system that would seamlessly integrate with, and enrich its executive search methodology in order to save time and centralize all search data into one core system.

Pamela Ruebusch, CEO, commented: “We provide a specialized service that centers around the client experience. When our clients engage with us, they are buying into our approach and methodology, which is rooted in our knowledge and understanding of the executive search process. Therefore, it was imperative that the system worked with us, not the other way around. The Invenias platform feels like it was made for us, it is utterly in sync with how we deploy our resources in order to operationalize a search assignment. In a short space of time, it has already had a positive impact on our business.”

A key factor in the decision to deploy Invenias was its ease of use. TSI search consultants can organize information by a number of different criteria that is pertinent to the search process. Additionally, the reporting capabilities available on the Invenias platform deliver a new level of transparency to TSI Group client interactions, showcasing the value and efforts they bring to the table when working on a search assignment.

Laura Walker, Senior Manager, Search Operations, said: “Having all of our data centralized on one repository helps us to save on one of our most valuable resources – time. Now we can see everything in one place, in real-time, which enhances our understanding of the search assignment and our response to it.”

Donna Kelly, Partner, added: “We’re so impressed with the insights that the Invenias platform gives us, that we’re now also using it to support our new business development activities. The Invenias’ team experience in the retained executive search industry really shows and it is the only system we’ve found that is totally in sync with how we interact with, manage and utilize data.”

David Grundy, CEO, Invenias, commented: “Boutique executive search firms bring a unique dynamic to the search process. Knowledge is their currency, but in order to demonstrate their value they need systems that appreciate the rhythm of their business and both underpin and enhance their competitive differentiators in order to drive the business forward. For this reason, we’re delighted to be working with TSI Group.”

About Invenias
Invenias® is a privately owned software company that enables executive search firms, specialist recruitment companies and enterprise recruitment organizations to effectively deliver better assignments, build stronger relationships with clients and candidates and transform the productivity of their operations with easy to use cloud-based desktop and mobile applications. Incorporated in 2005, Invenias serves thousands of users in over thirty countries across the globe. Invenias is headquartered in Reading, United Kingdom, with additional offices in Europe, the US, Australia and Malaysia. Invenias has a global alliance with the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). For more details on Invenias, please visit www.invenias.com.

About TSI Group 
TSI Group, a leading boutique search firm based in Toronto, Canada provides best-in-class executive search and strategic talent acquisition to clients throughout North America. Celebrating 25 years of success, TSI Group delivers top talent by attracting and retaining the most qualified business leaders in the marketplace – individuals who possess the skills, experience and motivation to drive organizational success. TSI Group utilizes a robust search methodology and strategic approach to deliver optimal results in a timely and efficient manner.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

LQ’s 16th Annual Supply Chain Symposium - November 5th at RCMI

November 5th, 2015 | Venue: The University Club of Toronto

October 1, 2015, Toronto - You are invited to reserve your company’s table at LQ’s 16th Annual Symposium at the Royal Canadian Military Institute - offered to you today at the same rate as an LQ Gold Sponsorship – which includes this reservation. To download LQ November 5th 2015 Symposium Sponsorship information please click here. Seating availability is limited as this event has moved to the University Club of Toronto. Click here to Register.

The subject matter for LQ’s Symposium has been developed with the direction and input from industry leaders and LQ’s Advisory Board. A few of the key items on LQ’s NOVEMBER 5, 2015 Program Agenda are:

 • The Strategic Imperative for TL and LTL Transportation — securing capacity

 • LQ’s Supply Chain Planning Index Workshop: Sharing insights from roundtable discussions on Key Performance Indicators that logisticians use to measure against.

 • Retailers Supply Chain Strategies for Success: What are the supply chain practices that directly impact retail organizations’ success?

 • Keynote Luncheon Presentation: Insights on Trends in Transportation

 • A Tale of Two Cities - The Way CEOs Leverage Vested and Lean

 • An Introduction to LQ's 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program - Key Findings: Insights from LQ's Executive Editors on LQ’s Supply Chain Maturity Matrix

 • Leading Performers in Supply Chain Sustainability: How Well are You Using Best Practices in your Supply Chain and Maintenance Operations?

 • Insights on LQ's 3PL Performers in Sustainability Awards (David Closs, PhD, and Thomas Goldsby, PhD

 When we are under pressure to make a decision on a deal, but we don’t know what the right one is, it’s still a good idea to insist on and invest in doing the extra laps around the intellectual parking lot — to garner more information – which is what LQ’s Symposiums offers you, and each of its delegates. Some of LQ’s November 5th Symposium Presenters, Moderators and Facilitators who will guide our discussions at the RCMI include:

 • David J. Closs, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, Michigan State University

 • Krista Collinson,Vice President Omni Channel; Stores, Ecommerce & Technology, ToysRus Canada

 • Virginia Garbutt, Director Strategic Network Planning and Improvement, Walmart Canada

 • Brian Gibson, PhD, teaches logistics and supply chain management courses in Auburn's undergraduate, graduate, and distance learning programs

 • Thomas J. Goldsby, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, The Ohio State University

 • Michel Khennafi, Director, Logistics North America, Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency in Milwaukee

 • Clifford F. Lynch, Principal, C.F. Lynch & Associates

 • Thomas A. Moore, Managing Partner, Transportation, Warehouse Optimization

 • Tom Nightingale, President, GENCO Transportation Logistics

 • John Salt, Senior Vice-President, Supply Chain, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

 • Timothy (Tim) Scott, Vice President, Order Management, GENPACT

 • Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Genpro

 • Kelli Saunders, President, Morai Logistics, Inc.

 • Kate Vitasek an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested business model for highly collaborative and strategic relationships

 • Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking

 • Robert A. Voltmann, President and CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association

 In summary, LQ’s Symposiums serve as a catalyst to help align leaders in our field and offer an opportunity to share insights on how to develop solutions to problems, create new strategies, and harness collaboration across organizations. See for yourself; click here to view LQ's 3-minute video that affords a snapshot of LQ's Leadership Summits with commentary from preeminent leaders in our field.

 And to recap, LQ November 5th 2015 Symposium Sponsorship information is available at: www.logisticsquarterly.com/pdfs/LQsponsorship.pdf

 Individual registrations are available at www.LQsummit.com . We’re are looking forward to seeing you on November 5th.

For more information please contact: Fred Moody | LQ Magazine | LQ Inc. | www.LQsummit.com | Office (416) 461-8355

KOM International Announcement

KOM International Names Two New Senior Partners

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, September, 30, 2015 – KOM International Inc., a global leader in supply chain consulting, announced today the appointments of Mr. Vincent Canonico, and Mr. Peter Reed as new Senior Partners at the company’s corporate headquarters.

Mr. Canonico has more than 20 years of experience in supply chain, logistics, warehousing and distribution and has worked on logistics mandates in fifteen countries for clients in grocery, consumer goods manufacturing, building supplies, agricultural, apparel, pharmaceutical, small appliances, and packaging.  His experience also includes grocery retail, construction management consulting, cement manufacturing, and technology transfer.

Prior to becoming Senior Partner with KOM, Mr. Canonico developed a network modeling solution geared specifically for the high-assortment nature of retail and wholesale distribution.  For the last 8 years, this solution, AGILE, has been successfully applied in the analysis and design of logistics networks.

Mr. Peter Reed’s corporate career in logistics, warehousing and distribution spans 38 years of hands-on experience in various roles with the leading Canadian grocery retailer, Sobeys; including over 20 years as Vice President of Logistics Engineering with full responsibility for the development of the company’s Logistics Network of over 20 distribution centers.

Mr. Reed has always stayed abreast of leading edge developments in the Logistics industry resulting in some of the first installations of warehouse management systems and engineered labor standards in the grocery industry in Canada.  During his corporate career Mr. Reed worked to establish and expand the Sobeys network including 3 fully automated, state of the art, distribution centers, and 4 DCs built to LEED standards which have led to his reputation as a leader in the field of distribution automation.

About KOM International
KOM International is a firm of specialists that has implemented some 5000+ projects over a 52 year period in logistics studies and the design and implementation of warehousing and distribution systems and networks in industries including; Food Distribution, Manufacturing, Automotive, US Military, Garment Distribution and Consumer Goods.  KOM International head office is in Montreal, Canada, with offices in Toronto and Mexico City.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Canadian Pacific acquires Steelcare Inc.

CALGARY, Sept. 29, 2015 - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX:CP) (NYSE:CP) has acquired Steelcare Inc., Canada's largest steel transload facility.

"CP is committed to exceptional customer service and with direct ownership of Steelcare, we are better equipped to manage our own supply chain and utilize our in-house expertise," said James Clements, CP Vice President of Strategic Planning and Transportation Services.
Steelcare is a transload and distribution hub providing superior transloading, warehousing and distribution services of steel products.

Steelcare's Plant Six facility in CP's Aberdeen yard in Hamilton, Ontario, is a 168,000-square-foot facility featuring two drive-through rail and truck loading and unloading areas. Steelcare is able to handle up to 1.5 million tons of rail transload product in a given year. The transaction includes TransCare Logistics Corporation, Prometheus Six Inc. and East Port Warehousing & Distribution.

Projected yearly revenue as a result of the transaction is approximately $10 million.
The intent is to keep the current management structure and employees in place. Clements will also serve as Steelcare's Executive Vice President.

Forward Looking Statement

This news release contains certain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating, but not limited, to the anticipated benefits of the transaction and future business plans. This forward-looking information also includes, but is not limited to, statements concerning expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about possible future events, conditions, and results of operations or performance. Forward-looking information may contain statements with words or headings such as "financial expectations", "key assumptions", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "will", "outlook", "should" or similar words suggesting future outcomes.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance. By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information, including but not limited to the following factors: the ability to recognize the benefits of the transaction; changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic, credit and business conditions; risks in agricultural production such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; changes in commodity prices; uncertainty surrounding timing and volumes of commodities being shipped via CP; inflation; changes in laws and regulations, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods; timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions and discount rates on the financial position of pension plans and investments; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather, droughts, floods, avalanches and earthquakes as well as security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes.  The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

These and other factors are detailed from time to time in reports filed by CP with securities regulators in Canada and the United States.  Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CP's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates and projections and it is possible that predictions, forecasts, projections, and other forms of forward-looking information will not be achieved by CP. Except as required by law, CP undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

CITT Announces Annual Academic Award Winners and 2014-15 Honour Roll

September 29, 2015, Toronto - CITT has just declared the winners of their 6 prestigious academic awards, which are awarded to the students who receive top marks in CITT’s specialized logistics courses. The awards will be presented at Canada Logistics Conference 2015, in Niagara Falls, which takes place over October 25-27th.

“This was my final course working towards my CCLP designation” said Elaine Fan, CCLP, of Weston Wood Solutions, winner of the Robert A. Hains Memorial Award. “The courses have given me so much confidence in the decisions I’m now able to make. It’s been a wonderful journey becoming a CITT-Certified Logistics Professional. I strongly suggest people take the program because of how much I learned.”

Three of this years’ winners, Gregory Shnerer , Franco Ming Cui, CCLP, and Scott Dimond, CCLP, got started with CITT through their respective work at CP. “CP encourages employees to work towards CCLP to learn more about their role and to develop their career,” explained Mr. Cui. “And I can see why. As a carrier, we have to be able to avoid claims and protect our business. In Transportation Law I really developed those abilities.”

Lisa Steiger, CCLP of Absorbent Products Ltd reported that she decided to take CITT courses specifically to accelerate the development of her skill set. “There’s only so much you can learn on the job – especially when things are really busy. I felt I needed a wider breadth of skills to do more. One of my new roles is involved in implementing Lean processes, and I’ve been able to mesh what I’ve learned with CITT with lean to great effect.”

Filling out the list of winners is Brad Lafreniere, CCLP, of United Farmers of Alberta. “I’m extremely proud to have won this award – my father actually earned his designation from CITT. Most of my 20 years in the business was in warehousing, and I knew earning my CCLP would give me more robust, integrated knowledge. I also really appreciated being able to continue pursuing my career while taking courses at the same time.”

Along with the Academic Award Winners, CITT is proud to release the names of the 2014-15 Honour Roll – students who earned a grade of 80% or higher in a CITT course. The full list of 331 honour roll scholars can be viewed here.

The full list of Academic Award Winners is:
·         Gregory Shnerer, Charles Laferle Memorial Award
For the highest combined mark in Transportation Systems & Logistics Processes  
·         Elaine Fan, CCLP, Robert A. Hains Memorial Award
For the highest mark in Logistics Decision Modelling
·         Lisa Steiger, CCLP, Thomas J. McTague Memorial Award
For the highest mark in Integrated Logistics      
·         Franco Ming Cui, CCLP, J. Stuart Robertson Memorial Award
For the highest mark in Transportation Law      
·         Brad Lafreniere, CCLP, Charles D. Edsforth Memorial Award
For the highest mark in Transportation Economics
·         Scott Dimond, CCLP, James T. MacKenzie Memorial Gold Medal
For the highest academic standing in the graduating class

CITT is one of the industry's most valued and respected source of logistics courses in Canada, professional certification and expertise. CITT’s programs promote professional excellence and career path development for anyone who buys, sells or manages the flow of goods and product, or is impacted by supply chain logistics.

CITT’s professional development offerings include:
• Industry’s top-rated annual Canada Logistics Conference – www.citt.ca/conference
• Professional certification in logistics (the CCLP designation) – www.citt.ca/cclp
• Specialized logistics and business management courses – www.citt.ca/courses
An expert-level technical and business education and the CCLP designation from CITT are all affordable, accessible, and have the best ROI in the business. Visit the CITT website at www.citt.ca for more information.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Surveys Find Global 3PLs Experiencing Significant Success Across the Supply Chain Industry

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28, 2015 – Today, the 22nd Annual Surveys of Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL) CEOs, sponsored by Penske Logistics, revealed that 3PL CEOs are confident about the current state and future revenue growth potential of both their companies and the regional 3PL industries.

The annual surveys, which this year included the CEOs of 30 of the world’s largest 3PLs, found that more than 80 percent of the companies surveyed were profitable in 2014. CEOs from North America and Asia-Pacific forecasted three-year revenue growth averages for their companies of 7.86 percent and 11.50 percent, respectively. European CEOs forecasted 5.33 percent growth over the same period.
CEOs across North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe were also asked to project regional industry revenue growth rates for the next three years in each of their regions. North American CEOs projected average industry revenue growth rates of 5.92 percent; European CEOs projected average industry revenue growth rates of 4 percent; and CEOs in the Asia-Pacific region projected average industry revenue growth rates of 5.75 percent.

The surveys are being presented today at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference by their author, Dr. Robert Lieb, Professor of Supply Chain Management at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and Joe Carlier, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Penske Logistics. The findings analyze responses from 30 major 3PL CEOs across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific whose companies generated more than $40 billion in revenue in 2014. The report was co-authored with Dr. Kristin Lieb, Associate Professor of Marketing Communications, Emerson College. The survey is underwritten by Penske Logistics, a leading provider of third-party logistics services.

“Last year, the logistics industry experienced one if its best years in many years and 2015 is on-track to be a good year as well,” said Marc Althen, President of Penske Logistics. “The 3PL industry continues to deliver value, savings and efficiencies by collaborating closely with customers and adjusting to rapidly changing economic conditions, business challenges such as capacity and talent shortages, as well as consumer online shopping needs that demand new and agile supply chain and fulfillment models.”

An encapsulation of key survey findings follows.

The Growth of Mergers and Acquisitions
Only seven of the 30 CEOs reported significant M&A activity by their companies during the past year. Following the onset of the global recession in 2008 there were relatively few large –scale acquisitions in the 3PL industry. That has changed dramatically since early 2014. Since that time there have been ten major acquisitions by 3PLs totaling $18 billion. This is leading to a significant restructuring of the industry in many markets, and will require substantial effort on behalf of those 3PLs to integrate those operations post-acquisition. It will also result in significant brand confusion in the marketplace that will have to be addressed by those companies. Many of the CEOs involved in this year’s surveys believe this recent wave of M&A will lead to defensive acquisitions by other 3PLs.

CEOs across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific agree that the need for M&A stems from four key factors: 3PLs experiencing market pressure to expand service offerings; an increased desire to offer one-stop solutions to customers; the need to drive scale in specific markets; and a desire to expand their geographic footprint. North American CEOs predicted that 6.54 percent of their revenue growth over the next three years will come from M&A activity. European CEOs projected that figure at 3.67 percent while CEOs from the Asia-Pacific region predicted that  4 percent of their revenue growth during that period would be M&A related.

A More Focused E-Commerce Approach 
Survey respondents cited significant changes in the e-commerce marketplace in the past year, referencing strong growth, an increased focus on next-day delivery and rapid expansion of international e-commerce.

In both North America and Europe, CEOs reported that Amazon had a particularly significant impact on supply chains and the e-commerce industry in their regions, highlighting the company’s focus on same-day delivery and its developing relationships with 3PL companies for last-mile delivery. On average, e-commerce now accounts for an average of 11.85 percent North American 3PLs’ revenue, and CEOs predict it will increase to 20.85 percent in three years. On average e-commerce revenues now account for 5.33 percent of European respondent revenues, and that percentage has been projected to grow to 9 percent in three years. Growth in Asia-Pacific’s e-commerce market was aided by the region’s massive e-commerce provider, Alibaba – a company Asian-Pacific CEOs believe might become a significant competitor for 3PL business in the region. For all three regions surveyed, CEOs said that the expansion of 3PL technology support for e-commerce was critical for the industry’s ongoing success.

“Amazon’s recent actions are impacting e-commerce in a major way,” said Dr. Robert Lieb, Professor of Supply Chain Management at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. “The company’s market dominance and huge popularity with customers creates a great opportunity for 3PLs to assist Amazon, and ensure customers get the goods they need – especially during peak e-commerce seasons.”

Additional Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Trends and Insights

• West Coast Port Issues: In early 2015, one of the worst labor conflicts in recent history, labor slowdowns at major West Coast ports, created significant supply chain issues for carriers, 3PLs, and shippers, particularly in the North America and Asia-Pacific regions. Consequences included long delays, the re-routing of many shipments, shipments getting stuck in ports, frequent mode shifts (ocean to air), changes in destination ports, long transit times, missed sales for customers and considerable customer unrest. Amid these significant issues, the conflict underscored the importance of companies addressing risk mitigation and choosing a proactive 3PL partner with a proven track record and strategy for handling disruptions. Despite their customer’s problems with the affected ports, 3PLs believe that few of them will significantly change their degree of reliance upon those ports in the future.
• Global 3PL Industry Concerns: In Europe and North America, CEOs continue to be concerned by the truck driver shortage and talent management issues spanning the industry. Twenty-six percent of North American CEOs and 60 percent of Asia-Pacific CEOs cited the worsening driver shortage to be a key factor effecting the global 3PL market. Additionally, an inflexible workforce, oppressive regulations, rapidly changing market conditions, increased costs for technology upgrades and capacity constraints are dynamics these CEOs believe will affect the global 3PL industry over the next several years.
• Lower Oil Prices: In North America, 80 percent of CEOs reported that the decline in oil prices had a positive impact on key customers, particularly with regard to lower transportation costs. CEOs agree that lower oil prices are not likely to have a significant impact on the environmental sustainability programs of 3PLs.
• Economic Uncertainties: Changing economic conditions are impacting the 3PL industries in Europe and Asia-Pacific, in particular. While a few European CEOs reported observing some improvement in the Eurozone, many agree that the European 3PL market has not rebounded significantly in the past year. The majority of Asian-Pacific CEOs cite the declining GDP growth rate in China as an industry dynamic impacting the region’s 3PL industry, with additional responses citing infrastructure issues in the region’s emerging markets and difficulties in developing accurate economic forecasts.
• Future Impacts of Ride-sharing Services: Ride-sharing companies, most notably Uber, are believed to potentially pose a threat to aspects of the 3PL industry in the future. As an international transportation network with technology at its core, Uber operates in more than 60 countries and has attracted significant investment capital. The company could  eventually pose a threat to 3PL business, by providing last-mile delivery services, becoming a small LTL carrier and taking business away from small-volume couriers.

Survey Design
Thirty CEOs of large third-party logistics companies across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific completed surveys via an Internet-based questionnaire during the summer of 2015. Companies participating in the annual survey included: Agility Logistics, CEVA Logistics, Cardinal Logistics, Coyote Logistics, Genco, DHL Excel Supply Chain, DSC Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel Logistics, Inc., Menlo Logistics, MIQ Logistics, Nippon Express, Panalpina, Penske Logistics, Rhenus Contract Logistics, Transplace, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, UTi Integrated Logistics and Werner Logistics.

About Penske Logistics
Penske Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing. With operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Penske Logistics provides supply chain management and logistics services to leading companies around the world. Penske Logistics delivers value through its design, planning and execution in transportation, warehousing and freight management. To learn more visit www.PenskeLogistics.com. Connect with Penske Logistics on social media: Move Ahead Blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.

About D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business, established in 1922, provides its students--undergraduate, graduate and executive--with the education, tools, and experience necessary to launch and accelerate successful business careers. The school credits its success to expert faculty, close partnerships with the business community, and its emphasis on rigorous academics combined with experiential learning. The school is nationally ranked by several prestigious publications. Most recently, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the school's undergrad business program at #25 in the U.S. and #1 for internships for the eighth consecutive year. Bloomberg Businessweek also ranks the full-time MBA program #51 in the nation's top U.S. MBA programs. The school’s undergraduate supply chain management program is ranked seventh in the country by Gartner with respect to Value to Industry, and fifteenth in terms of overall program. For more information about the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, visit its award-winning website at http://damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ryder Logistics Expert to Discuss North American Cross Border Activity at Inland Distribution Conference

MIAMI, September 24, 2015 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, today announced that it will participate at the annual Inland Distribution Conference, October 6 – 8, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn.  Eugenio (“Gene”) Sevilla-Sacasa, Ryder’s Vice President of International Supply Chain Solutions, will be speaking at the conference about Ryder’s industry-leading experience with U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada cross border network services.

TWEET THIS: Gene Sevilla, VP of @RyderPR’s International Supply Chain Solutions to speak at #Inland2015 about cross border solutions. @JOC_Events

During the Inland Distribution Conference, Mr. Sevilla-Sacasa will participate on a panel titled, “Crossing the Border: Are Canada and Mexico Really the Answer?”  The panel discussion will involve topics such as the history of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), North American cross border trade growth, cross border security, and tactics to avoid delays and extra costs at the borders.  The panel will be held on October 8 at 1:15 p.m. CST inside Ballroom C.

Mr. Sevilla-Sacasa is responsible for overseeing Ryder’s Supply Chain Solution business in Mexico, Canada, and parts of Asia.  Mr. Sevilla-Sacasa holds a M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Technologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.  He was a past President of the U.S.–Mexico Chamber of Commerce, InterAmerican Chapter, Latin American Board-Member of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and past member of the Society of International Business Fellows.

In addition to the panel, Ryder Director of Customer Logistics for Supply Chain Solutions, Frank Bateman, will present at the event with one of Ryder’s global automotive customers about the types of cross border solutions that the customer has implemented in its operations today. The presentation will take place on October 8 at 2:15 p.m. CST inside Ballroom C.

Ryder provides comprehensive logistics and supply chain management solutions to companies with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K., as well as in parts of Asia.  In Mexico, Ryder manages more than 3.4 million square feet of warehouse and handles more than 11,200 cross-border freight movements between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico a month.  Globally, the Ryder Supply Chain Solutions business segment manages approximately 35 million square feet of warehouse space and contracts with more than 1,600 carriers in all modes of transportation in the markets it serves.

The Company, founded in 1933, operates behind the scenes, managing critical transportation and logistics functions for more than 50,000 customers, many of which make the products that consumers use every day.  Ryder employs more than 30,000 people and manages a fleet of more than 216,000 commercial vehicles.

The Inland Distribution Conference, brought to you by the JOC Events and its IHS parent company, is designed for retailers, manufacturers and other companies that utilize trucking, intermodal and seaports and need strategies to manage tight trucking capacity and rising prices associated with today's challenging transportation landscape.  For more information on the conference, visit http://events.joc.com/inland2015/.

About Ryder
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company.  Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.  Ryder has been named among FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs.  The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts.  For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:  Certain statements and information included in this news release  are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including those risks set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  New risks emerge from time to time.  It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risks on our business.  Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Strategic support of industries at the site, combined with $100 million in ongoing capital projects, are key to grow top employers

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 18, 2015 —Port San Antonio is working hand-in-hand with its customers and public partners as it leads an effort to add 5,000 new jobs at the large industrial complex by 2020.

Port President and CEO Roland Mower unveiled the ambitious goal to business leaders and public officials at the annual State of the Port briefing, hosted by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

To achieve this goal, the organization’s priorities will focus on ongoing modernization of the former Kelly Air Force Base property and further growing the Port’s strategic collaboration with its customers as they pursue important opportunities locally, nationally and globally.

Mower pointed to ongoing capital improvement projects totaling over $100 million dollars that are central to converting the former base so that it meets 21st-century industry requirements. He noted these investments by the Port, its customers and public partners lay the foundation to retain and grow the site’s key employers. These include large aerospace, manufacturing, business services, logistics and Department of Defense operations. Those industries based at the Port already employ 12,000 workers and generate over $4 billion in regional economic activity each year.

“There is a lot that has already happened at the Port over the past 20 years,” he said, citing the 1995 decision by the Department of Defense to close Kelly Air Force Base. “But it’s no exaggeration to say that we’ve only just begun.”

“We are proud to be a vital part of San Antonio’s history and to be a key player in helping shape its future,” said Port Board Chairman Dan Weingart. “We’ve built a strong foundation for industries that have grown here and provided good jobs to thousands of people. There are many opportunities ahead to grow that number significantly. The time is now to take bold action and add to that record of success—to benefit today’s and future generations.”
“The Port is a vibrant and growing part of our community,” said San Antonio District 4 Councilman Rey SaldaƱa, who introduced Mower at the event. “As it redevelops the land that was once Kelly, the Port is part of an enduring legacy that is almost 100 years old and has transformed countless lives. With Roland’s continued leadership and ongoing support from partners at the City and elsewhere, I know there are new victories ahead. We are excited and energized by the Port’s bold vision to accelerate its job-creation mandate.”

Mower pointed out that only 40 percent of the Port’s 1,900 acres have been redeveloped to date. The expansive property, which is minutes from downtown and directly accessible by air, truck and rail, is a unique industrial and commercial platform for South Texas. Hundreds of acres are still available for strategic industrial and commercial expansions.

“This land holds the promise of future jobs. We need to move full speed ahead to align our property with growing opportunities that our customers are pursuing at this very moment,” he added.

Among the capital improvement projects that support ongoing operations and new development is the upcoming demolition of 500,000 square feet of obsolete warehouses adjacent to the north airfield. The effort will clear over 170 acres and make way for the construction of hangars and workshops. The $5 million project is a collaboration between the Port, City of San Antonio and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Once cleared, the air-served acreage will represent an important opportunity for the region, making it one of only three sites in Texas that can accommodate large aerospace facilities that require direct airfield access.

Mower also noted that the City of San Antonio has begun work extending 36th Street by an additional half-mile into the heart of the property. The new road, which by 2016 will end close to large aerospace and Department of Defense facilities, will support growing commuter and logistics activity. It will also facilitate the development of mixed-use sites in the central part of the Port.

Similarly, CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) are conducting nearly $16 million in upgrades to electric and water infrastructure at the Port—facilitating the work of current industries as well as upcoming land development.

In addition to the capital projects underway, Mower underscored the importance of working in close partnership with established customers to provide them strategic support as they grow their businesses.

He pointed to CIG Logistics as an important example. The operation, which specializes in the transfer of cargoes between railcars and trucks, has experienced a four-fold increase in activity since it opened for business at the Port’s East Kelly Railport in 2007. The transloader initially focused on transferring steel, lumber and other bulk commodities in support of the region’s manufacturing and construction industries.

Since 2011, with the advent of the Eagle Ford Shale play, the operation has seen a surge in demand for the movement of oilfield equipment and supplies. Accordingly, in 2012 the Port and CIG partnered with rail developer and operator Watco Companies, investing a combined $15 million in new track and storage infrastructure to accommodate the growing volumes.

Mower also highlighted the 15-year trajectory of Xerox, one of the Port’s earliest customers. Since 2000, the company’s operation (previously known as Affiliated Computer Services) has grown its local workforce from 100 startup workers to over 1,000 employees today. In August, Xerox announced that it will hire hundreds of additional workers to provide services in payment processing and customer support to public- and private-sector clients, which include Texas state government and major retailers.

He likewise noted that Boeing, which since 1998 has operated a 1.6 million square-foot aircraft maintenance facility at Kelly Field, recently renewed its lease at the Port by another 15 years.

“This is a powerful affirmation of our customer’s confidence in our community, our workforce and the Port. We stand ready to help Boeing and our other aerospace customers prepare for the future,” said Mower.

He explained that the aerospace industry has especially important growth opportunities taking place right now and in the years ahead. Boeing’s latest analysis foresees a doubling in the global commercial aircraft fleet within less than 20 years—from 21,000 aircraft today to 42,000 by 2034.

“The great news for San Antonio is that you get to build an aircraft only once, but you maintain it for decades after that,” said Mower. He pointed to the 100-year legacy of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul at Kelly Field—first as a military-run depot and, since the late 1990’s, as a place where Boeing, other top names in the industry and their combined workforce of 3,000 employees continue to provide an array of services to support military and commercial aircraft.

An integral component of the Port’s vision to help create 5,000 new jobs by 2020 is to collaborate with established aerospace industries on its property and elsewhere in the community to grow the diversity of services they provide. Given the opportunities presented by the fast-growing commercial sector, in recent months the Port’s efforts have sharply focused on helping position San Antonio as a “one-stop” aerospace support center.

“Aircraft owners and operators value efficiency," said Mower. "Being able to provide 'one-stop' maintenance by offering an array of services in a single community provides real value and makes the Port's customers and other aerospace businesses in San Antonio even more competitive in a global market."

As part of that effort, Mower noted the arrival of GoAeroMX earlier this year—among the Port’s newest customers. GoAero’s new workshop at Kelly Field has added avionics and in-cabin entertainment systems capabilities to the range of expertise available from the aerospace community at the Port.